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‘Democracy Contested?’ forum panel to meet online Oct. 29

David Bateman, associate professor of government in the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate “Democracy Contested?” in an online Cornell community forum Oct. 29 with three fellow faculty experts.

John Kerry will speak at Belnick presidential forum Oct. 29

John Kerry, secretary of state in former President Barack Obama’s administration, will be the Belnick Family LaFeber/Lowi Presidential Forum speaker Oct. 29.

Peñalver, Law School dean, named Seattle University president

Eduardo M. Peñalver ’94 will step down as the Allan R. Tessler Dean of Cornell Law School in January and depart for Seattle University next summer. Jens David Ohlin, vice dean and professor of law, will take over as the Law School’s interim dean.

Cornell Hillel video gives students a chance to reflect on RBG

To commemorate the end of the 30-day mourning period for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54, who died Sept. 18, Cornell Hillel students created a video, “30 Statements for 30 Days: Reflections on RBG’s Legacy.”

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Analysis: Trump White House NDAs are likely unconstitutional

Nondisclosure agreements implemented by the Trump White House likely infringe on the First Amendment rights of government employees and the press, according to a report by Cornell Law School’s First Amendment Clinic.

Webinar highlights advocacy for international students

More than 700 people attended “Ballots and Borders: Election 2020; What’s at Stake for International Students and Scholars,” a webinar on Oct. 19 featuring Cornell Law School immigration expert Stephen Yale-Loehr.

Efficacy, politics influence public trust in COVID-19 vaccine

In surveys of nearly 2,000 American adults, barely half said they would be willing to take a hypothetical vaccine with an efficacy, or effectiveness, of 50% – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s minimum threshold for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Democracy 20/20 webinar to examine U.S. polarization

The next installment of the Democracy 20/20 webinar series, scheduled for Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., will tackle polarization and how tensions between the political parties and the social groups they represent are redefining American democracy.

Wilkerson to discuss ‘Racial Moment of Truth’ in CCSS lecture

Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” and “Caste,” will deliver the Cornell Center for Social Sciences’ annual Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.